South LA Engineer Inspires Next Generation in NASA’s Latest Mission to Reach Mars – NBC Los Angeles


If every part goes as deliberate, this Thursday, Feb. 18, the fifth NASA Rover will arrive to Mars.

Mars 2020 / Perseverance, a long-term robotic exploration effort of the Red Planet that seeks to discover the potential for all times on Mars, has been made doable, thanks to the collaboration of an in depth group of scientists and engineers.

The group consists of Luis Domínguez, an engineer from South Los Angeles who works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. The engineer was one of many inspectors on the Perseverance rover prior to its launch in July 2020.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to work with all the people who work here at JPL, especially coming from south central Los Angeles,” stated Domínguez.

NASA says all programs are go for landing on Mars. Video broadcast Thursday Feb. 17, 2021 on the NBC4 News at 11 a.m.

The mission, in accordance to NASA’s web site, gives alternatives to collect information and show applied sciences that deal with the challenges of future human expeditions to Mars.  

“One of the instruments that [the Perseverance rover] has is an instrument that can make oxygen from the atmosphere of Mars, and with that when we send humans to Mars we will already have the technology and the ability to make oxygen.”

Perseverance may drill and gather samples of soil and set them apart on the floor of Mars to be collected in future missions. 

“We want to understand why rivers used to flow on Mars and now they don’t, now it’s a planet that looks more like a desert,” stated Domínguez. “The place we’re going to examine, Jezero Crater, has what seems to be a river that ended there.”

If profitable, Perseverance shall be NASA’s ninth touchdown on that planet.

Domínguez, whose mother is Mexican and father is Honduran, by no means imagined that his love for science would lead him to fulfill his desires, and now that he has achieved them he has a message for future generations.

“That they’re courageous, that they’re curious, that they’ve tenacity and that they dwell life with altruism.”


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